2017 Hyundai Veloster

MSRP $18,100 - $23,800

Ranked #2 in Hatchback

7.2

Overall Rating

2017 Hyundai Veloster Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 13, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a three-door hatchback priced competitively at $18,100 as starting MSRP. The 2017 Veloster spec sheet is long which surprisingly misses out on advanced safety features. The base Veloster is powered by a weak inline-4 engine that is not only lackluster to drive but also offers low fuel economy figures. The Veloster Turbo and Turbo R-Spec trim get the juicer turbo-four engine that is quick and offers an engaging drive experience.

The ride and handling go from worse to okay depending upon the trim you choose. Having said that, those looking for a hot hatchback that has an engaging drive and is fast of the line will need to go for the $3,500 pricier Veloster Turbo R-Spec trims while the Veloster base trim is still not there when compared to its equivalent four-door hatchback rivals that not only offer better performance but also better cabin and cargo space. 

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Pros

Long feature list

Unique exterior styling

Powerful turbo-four engine

User-friendly infotainment system

Cons

Low fuel economy

Anemic base engine

Low safety scores

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

The Value Edition is the all-new trim that has been added on the 2017 Hyundai Veloster.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18100

bodystyle

3dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

132 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

120 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

166.1 in.

width

70.5 in.

height

55.1 in.

curb weight

2679 lbs.

ground clearance

5.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

89.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

34.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1069 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/34 mpg

highway range

551.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

base$18,100 onwards

Value Edition$21,350 onwards

Turbo R-Spec$21,600 onwards

Turbo$22,600 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Hyundai Veloster in Elite White Pearl color
Elite White Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine and Performance

7.2

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.5

Safety

8.4

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


The 2017 Hyundai Veloster has added the Value Edition trim to its lineup and now offers four trims. The Value Edition trim is targeted for those who don't want to go for the turbo-four engine but want the features like sunroof, navigation, heated seats, etc which are otherwise only available on the Turbo trims. There are two engine options offered on the Veloster, the base is a 132 hp, 1.6-liter inline-4 engine while the other one is a 201 hp, 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. For the slight drop in mileage, the turbo-four engine drops the 0-60 mph timing compared to the base Veloster by as much as 1.6 seconds.

Moving inside, the Hyundai Veloster would disappoint buyers who frequently need to carry passengers at the back. Although Hyundai has given a third door for better ingress and egress in the rear seats, the lack of head and legroom at the rear makes it uncomfortable sitting at the back. That said, the $18,100 Hyundai Veloster rivals the Honda Civic hatchback, Ford Focus, and Mazda Mazda3 hatchback.


7.8/10
Features

7.2/10
Engine and Performance

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

8.4/10
Safety


2017 Hyundai Veloster Features

7.8/10

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster is offered in four trims Base, Value Edition, Turbo R-Spec, and Turbo. There are two engine options available in the 2017 Veloster along with manual and dual-clutch automatic gearbox choices. The base trim starts at as low as $18,100 and is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. The newest entry in the Veloster lineup is the Value Edition trim that starts at $21,350 and comes well equipped with comfort and convenience features which are otherwise only available as an option on the topmost Turbo trim.

For those who need a hot hatchback, the Turbo R-Spec trim priced at $21,600 is the way to go. It gets a turbocharged engine and performance upgrades with a spicy 6-speed manual gearbox and a short-throw shifter. While those who only need the turbocharged engine but don't want the performance mods can go for the top-of-the-line Turbo trim that starts at $22,600. The Turbo trim upgrades the interior and offers the creature comfort and convenience features as a part of an optional package that goes by the Turbo Tech Package. 

Trims

Base

Value Edition

Turbo R-Spec

Turbo

MSRP (Manual)

$18,100

N/A

$21,600

$22,600

MSRP (Automatic)

$19,200

$21,350

N/A

$23,800

Features

132 hp, 1.6-liter inline-4 engine Adds or upgrades to 'Base' Adds or upgrades to 'Base' Adds or upgrades to 'Base'
  17-inch alloy wheels 18-inch alloy wheels 201 hp, 1.6-liter turbo inline-4 engine 201 hp, 1.6-liter turbo inline-4 engine
  6-speaker sound system w/ Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Dual-zone automatic climate control Aerodynamic body kit Leather-trimmed seats
  7-inch touchscreen infotainment Navigation Projector headlights 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission 8-speaker premium sound system Sport-tuned suspension and steering wheel Cruise control
    Panoramic sunroof B&M short-throw shifter Heated front seats

We Recommend

If you are looking to invest in the Hyundai Veloster then we suggest going for the top end Tubro trim as the standard engine on the base trim isn't cut for a hot hatchback while the performance mods on the Turbo R-Spec makes it a bit unforgiving for being a daily driver. So, the Veloster Turbo trim, priced at $22,600 is the best bet here.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Engine and Performance

7.2/10
"Buy a Veloster for its style and functionality, not for its performance." - Edmunds

2017 Hyundai Veloster Engine and Transmission 

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster packs in a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine as standard that produces a lackluster 132 hp and 120 lb-ft of torque. While the Veloster Turbo and Veloster Turbo R-Spec are powered by the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that puts out a beefy 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Irrespective of the engine you plonk in the 2017 Veloster, each one of them will send power only to the front wheels. The base trim gets a six-speed manual and an option of a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Turbo R-Spec only gets the manual gearbox while the Veloster Turbo can be had with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The base Veloster powered by the naturally aspirated inline-4 engine doesn't suit the sporty persona of the Veloster and is best used as a point A to point B car. The real deal for the Veloster is its turbocharged engine that is a hoot to drive and if you get the Turbo R-Spec with all the performance mods then you can have a lot of fun with the Veloster even on the tracks.

Models

2017 Hyundai Veloster

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Ford Focus

2017 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

MSRP

$18,100

$19,700

$19,765

$19,095

Engine

1.6-liter inline-4 1.5-liter turbo inline-4 2.0-liter inline-4 2.0-liter inline-4

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed dual-clutch automatic

6-speed manual

Power

132 hp @ 6300 rpm

174 hp @ 5500 rpm

160 hp @ 6500 rpm

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

120 lb-ft @4850 rpm

167 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

146 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

The Hyundai Veloster is the cheapest hatchback while the Ford Focus remains the most expensive one, costing around $1,665 more than the base Veloster. But the cheapest Veloster is the least powerful and the one with the smallest displacement inline-4 engine. The Honda Civic gets a turbo-four engine as standard and puts out the best power and torque figures among all.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Acceleration

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster can go from 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 17.0 seconds. The turbocharged Veloster can do the same 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds. 

Models

2017 Hyundai Veloster

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Ford Focus

2017 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

0-60 MPH

8.9 sec

6.9 sec

7.5 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter mile

17.0 sec

15.3 sec

16.2 sec

15.6 sec

Engine

1.6-liter inline-4 1.5-liter turbo inline-4 2.0-liter inline-4 2.0-liter inline-4

The more powerful and turbocharged Honda Civic clocks the fastest 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timing. It took a full two seconds less for the 0-60 mph and 1.7 seconds less to cover the quarter-mile compared to the Veloster.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Ride & Handling

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster has a capable chassis which is well exploited in the Turbo R-Spec trim with all the performance mods but as a downside, the ride quality becomes very stiff. The standard Veloster sans performance upgrades does return to comfortable ride quality while the steering feedback remains consistent in both the version. The Veloster feels eager to change direction and the ride quality is decent enough on all except the Turbo R-Spec trim to pass it off as a daily driver.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Braking

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster as standard gets an 11.0-inches rotor at the front and a 10.3-inches rotor. The combined setup of all four discs and brake assist helps stop 2,679 lbs weighing Veloster from 60-0 mph in just 111 feet. The Turbo and Turbo R-Spec comes with stickier rubber and better brakes but due to increased curb weight, they took 125 feet to stop from 60-0 mph.

Model

2017 Hyundai Veloster

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Ford Focus

2017 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

Brake Front(in)

11.0

11.1

10.9

11.0

Brake Rear(in)

10.3

10.2

9.0

10.4

Curb weight(lbs.)

2,679

2,815 2,987 2,875

60-0 MPH (ft.)

111

117

179 (70-0 MPH)

175 (70-0 MPH)

The Veloster is the lightest and equipped with almost similar brake size managed to stop at a considerably smaller distance compared to the rivals. The closest of all, Honda Civic took 6 feet more to stop from 60 mph compared to the Veloster.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Fuel Economy

6.7/10

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined. The Veloster with the automatic transmission returns 1 mpg less in all three conditions. The Veloster powered by the turbo-four engine returns 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway while the same engine with the manual transmission returns one mpg less in the city and one mpg more on the highway.

Model

2017 Hyundai Veloster

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Ford Focus

2017 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

MPG (city)

27

30

26

27

MPG (highway)

34

39

36

37

MPG (combined)

30

33

29

31

Fuel Capacity (gallons) 13.2 12.4 12.4 13.2

Even after having a smaller displacement and less powerful engine the gas mileage of the Veloster is lesser than the Mazda 3 and the Ford Focus both of which get bigger displacement naturally aspirated engines. The Honda Civic on the other hand returns the best gas mileage figures and returns 3 mpg more in the city, 5 mpg more on the highway, and 3 mpg more combined compared to the Veloster.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Interior

7.5/10
" As we've mentioned, rear-seat space is snug. Up front are comfortable seats for average adults, though taller drivers will be short on headroom. " - Kelley Blue Book

2017 Hyundai Veloster Seating and Comfort 

The interior design of the 2017 Hyundai Veloster seems busy especially around the V-shaped center console of the dash that houses the infotainment and several knobs and controls for various functions. The all-black dashboard has silver accents around the AC vents and a swooping design. The overall material quality and fit and finish levels are satisfactory for the price point. The base trim gets an all-black interior while the higher trims can either be had in black with orange accents or black with blue accents. 

The Hyundai Veloster is a unique three-door, four-seater sports hatchback. The third door is a saving grace as it allows for easy slide-in to the rear seats. Although the front seats are the highlight of the Veloster which are not only wide and comfortable but have sufficient bolstering and side winglets to keep you snug while driving hard around the corners. Base trim misses out on a lot of comfort and convenience features while the all-new Value Edition packs in creature comfort feature at a bargain premium of two grand over the base trim.

Model

2017 Hyundai Veloster

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Ford Focus

2017 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.0/ 55.6/ 43.9

39.3/ 57.0/ 42.3

38.3/ 55.6/ 43.1

38.6/ 57.2/ 42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

35.3/ 54.0/ 31.7

37.4/ 55.0/ 36.0

38.0/ 52.6/ 33.2

37.6/ 54.4/ 35.8

Veloster is the only hatchback that offers seating for four while the rest all offer seating for five. The Honda Civic and Mazda 3 have around 2-inches longer wheelbase compared to the Veloster and have used it well to ensure better legroom at the rear even the Ford Focus that has a similar wheelbase as the Veloster manages better legroom in the rear seats. The Veloster is also the smallest in terms of height and that coupled with the sloping roofline eats a lot in terms of headroom in both the rows. 

2017 Hyundai Veloster Infotainment System

The standard infotainment system on the 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a 7-inch touchscreen and comes packed with desirable features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Also standard on all the 2017 Velosters is Hyundai BlueLink that is similar to GM's OnStar telematics system. Overall the standard infotainment is easy to use coupled with the physical buttons which are easy to access and ergonomically laid out around the center of the dash. Moving up the trim ladder you will add a 450-watt 8-speaker premium sound system.

Interior Features:

  • Keyless entry
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • Front bucket and rear bench seats
  • Available leather-trimmed seats
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available power-adjustable front seats
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control

2017 Hyundai Veloster Cargo Space

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster offers 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and with the seats folded you can expand the same to up to 34.7 cubic feet. That said, the higher than usual loading lip makes it a task while putting in heavy cargo inside the Veloster's boot.

Model

2017 Hyundai Veloster

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Ford Focus

2017 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

Behind 2nd Row (ft. Cube)

15.5

25.7

23.3

20.2

2nd Row Folded (ft. Cube)

34.7

46.2

44.8

47.1

The 2017 Veloster is the shortest in length among the rivals and that puts it at a disadvantage as all the rivals offer far better cargo space compared to it. The Honda Civic gets the biggest 25.7 cubic feet of boot space which is 10.2 cubic feet more than what the Veloster offers.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Exterior

6.5/10

"The 2017 Veloster stands out from the crowd thanks to its long and low yet squat profile, large wheel arches and a sloping roof. Of course, one of the Veloster's most unique aspects is its doors"- KBB

2017 Hyundai Veloster Dimensions and Weight

The main highlight of the 2017 Hyundai Veloster's exterior is its unique three-door style. The driver side has one big door while the passenger side cleverly squeezes in two smaller doors. Sitting at 166.1-inches in length, the Hyundai Veloster isn't a long hatchback although has a squatted stance and a generous 104.3-inches of wheelbase giving it a well-proportioned look. The prominent wheel arches and a high beltline is the highlight of the rear profile while upfront the big trapezoidal grille and swept nack headlights give it a mean and hot hatch looks.

The lower variants ditch the foglights which are either standard or optional on higher trims. At the rear, the Veloster has a unique design language with the sloping roof giving way to a small rear glass. The real taillights are oval in shape with a dimple on both the ends of the tailgate that looks like an extension of the taillight. Lower down you get center-mounted twin tailpipes and two reflectors flaking through the sides.

Model

2017 Hyundai Veloster

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

2017 Ford Focus

2017 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

Curb Weight(lbs.)

2,679

2,815 2,987 2,875

Length(in)

166.1

177.9

171.7

175.6

Width(in)

70.5

70.8

71.8

70.7

Height(in)

55.1

56.5

57.8

57.3

Ground clearance(in)

5.6

N/A

N/A

6.1

Wheelbase(in)

104.3

106.3

104.3

106.3

Dimension wise the Hyundai Veloster is no match to the longest Honda Civic or the tallest and widest Ford Focus. The Hyundai Veloster is 11.8-inches smaller in length compared to the Civic while it sits 1.3-inches less wide and 2.7-inches lower in height than the Focus. The Civic and Mazda 3 share a similar wheelbase which is 2-inches longer than the Veloster's.

Exterior Features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Available rear parking sensors
  • Available projector headlights
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Available 18-inch alloy wheels

2017 Hyundai Veloster Safety

8.4/10

The safety ratings of the 2017 Hyundai Veloster were a mixed bag. The NHTSA on one hand gave it a perfect five-star rating in overall safety with four out of five stars in the front and rollover test while five out of five stars in the side crash test. The IIHS on the other hand gave the 2017 Veloster a rating of 'Good' in three out of five parameters while the small-overlap front test was rated as second lowest 'Marginal' and the side crash test was rated as second best 'Acceptable'.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Driver's blind-spot monitor
  • Rearview Camera
  • Available rear parking sensors

2017 Hyundai Veloster Competition

2017 Hyundai Veloster Vs 2017 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

The 2017 Mazda 3 hatchback is approximately one grand pricier than the Veloster but for the premium, it gets a better and more powerful engine which helps the Mazda 3 be far quicker than the Veloster in both the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile run. Even after putting out so much power and performance the Mazda 3 matches the city gas mileage of the Veloster and beat it on the highway by 3 mpg.

Other than that the Mazda 3 is far more fun-to-drive and handles much better than the standard Veloster. Coming to the interiors here also the cabin of the Mazda 3 hatchback looks upmarket than the Veloster's. While the bigger dimensions of the Mazda 3 helps it liberate better leg and headroom inside its cabin which is lacking in the Veloster. Between the two thus the Mazda 3 is the one to go for.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Vs 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

The 2017 Honda Civic comes with a turbo-four engine as standard which is not only more powerful and quicker off the line than the naturally aspirated inline-4 powered Veloster but also returns phenomenal gas mileage. The ride and handling of both the hatchback are at par while the braking performance of the heavier Veloster is better than the Civic. 

The cabin space of the Civic is also its main highlight as compared to it, the Veloster's cabin feels cramped especially at the rear. Also, the Civic is longer between the two thus offers class-leading boot space which is more than 10 cubic feet of what the Veloster offers. That said, we feel the Veloster isn't there yet and the Civic is one to go for between the two.

2017 Hyundai Veloster Final Verdict

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster tries to tread on the hot hatchback lines with a quirky design language and some unique performance mods on the Turbo R-Spec trim. With the choice of naturally aspirated engine in the base trim, Hyundai has tried to keep the entry price low but that comes at the expense of the performance and driving dynamics for which the Veloster Turbo R-Spec trim has been praised all along.

That said, if you are going for the Tubro trims then the only compromise you will have to do is in the form of fuel economy, rear-seat space, and cargo area while the naturally spirated powered Veloster adds lackluster performance and uninspiring handling to the list. Therefore, unless you can go for the Turbo trims of the Veloster it's better to skip this one.


FAQs on the 2017 Hyundai Veloster

What is the top speed of the 2017 Hyundai Veloster Turbo?

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster Tubro top speed is 155 MPH.

Does the 2017 Hyundai Veloster offer AWD?

No, the 2017 Hyundai Veloster is only available as FWD.

What is the warranty offered for the 2017 Hyundai Veloster?

The 2017 Hyundai Veloster offers 5 years or 60,000 miles basic warranty and 10 years or 100,000 miles powertrain warranty.